Inside In

Inside In

by Mike Gordon
     
 

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One would expect a down-home virtuoso performance from any alumnus of Phish, and that's what you get with Inside In. The album's essence lies in the relationship between the loose, improvisational feel of the performances, and the precise arrangement of diverse tracks into a single identity. When silence separates one from another, it'sSee more details below

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One would expect a down-home virtuoso performance from any alumnus of Phish, and that's what you get with Inside In. The album's essence lies in the relationship between the loose, improvisational feel of the performances, and the precise arrangement of diverse tracks into a single identity. When silence separates one from another, it's often to very dramatic effect, especially when positioned to contrast with an especially deft segue. For example, Michael Gordon's acoustic guitar grafts a fingerpicked feel over the slow-drag shuffle of "Soulfood Man," then accelerates into an amiable, country toe-tap on "The Teacher," without so much as a ripple in the groove. These velvety transitions set up a naked a cappella reference to "vomit" at the end of a comic monolog mumbled over dizzy diminished chords; this makes the equally abrupt finale into a recapitulation of sorts. Pictures of oddball characters emerge in lyrics that depict the Soulfood Man, the Teacher, and the Couch Lady as sketches, vibrant yet filled with space for the listener's imagination to fill. Instrumental moments range from straightforward, low-tech jams, which not unexpectedly emphasize interaction over chops, and abstract episodes marked by strange juxtapositions -- avant-garde jazz, straight-ahead funk, and country pedal steel on "Major Minor," or the pinprick staccato of Béla Fleck's banjo over a woozy trombone in "Steel Bones" -- that blend with uncanny ease. There's no better way to describe this weird and accessible mix: Inside In is far out.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/2009
Label:
Jemp Records
UPC:
0825084985223
catalogNumber:
49852
Rank:
365718

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mike Gordon   Primary Artist,Banjo,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Pedal Steel Guitar,Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Tubular Bells,Bass Harmonica
Buddy Cage   Pedal Steel Guitar
Vassar Clements   Fiddle
Jeff Coffin   Clarinet
Jonathan Fishman   Drums
Béla Fleck   Banjo
Col. Bruce Hampton   Guitar,Vocals
Craig Johnson   Trumpet
Gordon Stone   Pedal Steel Guitar
Future Man   Percussion
Ida James   Talking,Spoken Word
Heloise Williams   Vocals
Gabe Jarrett   Drums
Russ Lawton   Drums
James Harvey   Piano,Trombone,Keyboards,Clavinet
Elizabeth Combs Beglin   Vocals,Spoken Word
Jared Slomoff   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Stuart Paton   Percussion
Craig Johnson   Trumpet
Jeff Lawson   Drums,Hi Hat
Jimi Stout   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Bernie Green   Composer
Col. Bruce Hampton   Author
Fred Kevorkian   Mastering
Jeff Schartoff   Composer
Mike Tempesta   Composer
Mike Gordon   Composer,Sound Effects,Producer,Contributor
Adrian Cunningham   Artwork
Jared Slomoff   Engineer,Engineering
Jeff Lawson   Engineer,Engineering
Scott Ellis   Composer
Amy Echo   Composer

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